The Importance of a Live Show – Cypress Hill is the Greatest

Working in the music industry has its perks, no doubt about it, but let’s be very clear—it’s a ton of work.

While most folks get to clock out at 5pm and leave the worries of the day at the office, it’s quite different in the music industry. Maybe because the field is so competitive and hustle driven. You gotta stay on top of shit and it’s very much “what have you done for me lately.”

I guess it’s the same for artists, right? I mean, you can come out with a platinum debut, but if you drop a couple of duds it’s basically a wrap and fans are like, What have you done for me lately?

This isn’t a problem that L.A. rap group Cypress Hill has. After debuting in 1991 with their two-times platinum self-titled debut, the Stoned Raiders went on to release their three million-plus seller, Black Sunday, and eventually sell millions of albums over the course of five more releases.

I’ve seen Cypress live tons of times before at outdoor music festivals like Rock The Bells and they never disappoint. Actually they have one of the best live shows out of any hip-hop act out, so it was interesting when they touched down in New York’s S.O.B’s last night. The setting was a more intimate one, but the result was basically the same.

As the four-man group, which consists of B-Real, Sen Dog, Eric Bobo and collaborative DJ Julio G, ran through classics like “How I Could Just Kill A Man,” “Insane In The Membrane,” “I Wanna Get High” and “Illusions” the crowd smoked up and went into a frenzy for the tunes. Granted, Cypress Hill’s cult fan base isn’t the typical rap set that would stan out for guys like Gucci Mane, or even Jay-Z to an extent, but you have to give credit where it’s due—these guys have a hell of a catalogue and a spirited live show to support it. I’m really looking forward to hearing the new album Rise Up—can’t front, Jim Jonsin flipped the hell out of that Crosby, Stills and Nash sample on the new single “Armada Latina.” Plus, with production by Pete Rock, DJ Khalil and Jake One, you gotta figure it’s gonna be dope.

I was also equally excited when the group’s percussionist Eric Bobo linked up with Beat Junkies DJ Rhettmatic last summer in Central Park. Their performance plays like a battle between the DJ and the drummer (actually Bobo is more known for his skills as a congero, but he drums also). The duo released a mixtape this past February called Bobo Meets Rhettmatic and if you’re into the musicality of hip-hop (because, let’s face it, lyrics are only one part), then I suggest you check it out. You can download here.

Now I stopped smoking weed a while ago, mainly because I’m just constantly working. Weed actually helps some folks focus better, but it has the reverse affect on me and I only roll up on occasion these days. But after seeing Cypress Hill rock last night, I can’t wait to go home and start my weekend off right and puff a J. —Rob Markman, The Deputy

  • jesse

    Producers don’t sleep on Eric Bobo’s legendary father Willie Bobo. Dude has sample-ready joints for days…

  • http://xxlmag.com the brown

    Yo! I saw these guys once and yes they were the shit! Scary. Everything. the whole place was goin wild and then B-Real jumped in the crowd and just ran around the whole place rappin. Never lost a step. Cypress Hill definately gets the crown.

  • raazi36

    thank you for this article, thats exactly what ive been sayin to my homies, but they on some stupid shit, lessons learned !

  • H-DUB

    Saw them plenty of times in Germany and yes: They Rock! Can´t wait to see them again…..

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Im a old Hill head, I have only seen them once and it was back in their hey day in the 90′s but still all the same they do put on one of the best shows I have seen, and I have been to a lot of concerts.I was all into the smokin green scene back then and thats why I was also such a big fan of theirs, im older now and havin a job had me wise up and quit smokin years ago, but I still listen to them an remember the old days.And still wish some times I was livin the life where I could just blaze one when ever I wanted. One of the best recent tracks I heard from them is called

    Busted in the hood, check for that shit they flip the old Beastie Boys Paul Revere and its hard.

  • Tha Realist

    Big Pun and Fat Joe get more recognition as the latino MC’s but Cypress Hill is slept on big time. They opened the door for alot of Latino MC’s. Big ups to Cypress.

  • q461

    Cypress are slept on but they have a long catalog of dope musc and appeal to a wide audience. They are one of the dopest live acts too, plus they experiment with different sounds on each album. Much respect.

  • tee

    man i saw cypress in all the smokeout concerts and they always rocked the crowd. funny though i cant fully remember all of them? lol

  • Wu Clanman

    Fuckin right the Hill has the best live show, well them and Wu Tang. I’ve been to about 20 of them and they were all equally righteous……..

  • SuperstarExtraordinaire

    Yea i seen cypress at the last paid dues festival…..their performance cant be replicated…the only new cat that can make the cut is B.o.B

    • SuperstarExtraordinaire

      oh yea what happen to muggsie????

  • adrian smith england

    cypress hill put on a sick show were is dj muggs

    • Diz

      Muggs is involved with both B Real and Sen solo projects so he ain’t tourin with em but he still in it tho…don’t sleep!

  • caino

    l’m gonna see these Kats in like 6 weeks in Glasgow, should be one hell of a concert !!

  • TheRefriedMexican

    I’VE SEEN CYPRESS HILL A FEW TIMES LIVE. I SEEN THEM WHEN SEN DOG LEFT THE GROUP FOR A MINUTE AND WHEN HE REUNITED WITH THEM. THEY DEFINITELY ROCK THE HOUSE EACH AND EVERY TIME!
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